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Should it Be a Priviledge to Drive?

I said it is, Uncle disagrees.   I had thought I had posted on this in the past, but I think I meant to and never did.  I actually think driving ought to be a right, as an element of the right to travel, but it isn’t currently seen that way.  You have a right to travel, but not operate a motor vehicle.

When arguing against gun controllers, it’s worth pointing out that it is, legally, considered a privilege.  That’s why it gets different treatment.  It’s important to make people understand that distinction in the law, even if we might not agree with driving being treated that way.

Do I agree with that classification?  No.  I think another neat question to ask is, if the right to travel includes the right to operate machinery on the public roads and skies, what does that right look like?  How may it be limited?  Can you still license it?

2 Responses to “Should it Be a Priviledge to Drive?”

  1. GeorgeH says:

    Right or privilege?
    Dowesn’t matter, the important point is that the analogy is skewed.
    You don’t need a license or registration to own a motor vehicle. The gungrabbers analogy breaks down, because you can buy a car, take it home, keep it in the garage, play with it, drive it around the back pasture without any paperwork. Paperwork isn’t needed until you want to drive it on the public roads. That is analogous to a Concealed Carry Permit, not firearm purchase.

  2. BobG says:

    I have to agree with GeorgeH.
    If you get right down to it, licensing and registration has nothing to do with public safety; it is just a way to tax people in order to pay for roads and law enforcement.

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